Memorial Services for Ilene E. Schmidt, age 88, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2023 at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Reverend Michael Moreno will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation with family will be 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday at the church. The Memorial Service will be livestreamed on the funeral home's website. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
She passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Ilene was born February 23, 1935 in Randolph, Nebraska to Herman and Dorothy (Carstens) Bauer. She graduated from Randolph High School in 1953.
On March 27, 1955, Ilene married George Schmidt, Jr. at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Ilene was a stay-at-home wife and mother while raising kids as George worked his construction business. Later on, she sold Avon making friends through her customers for over twenty years. Also, Ilene worked at Sherry’s Daycare in the “Baby Room” rocking babies and preparing them to move up to the toddler room. For Ilene, it was always a sad day when the babies graduated to the next room.
She was a faithful member of Christ Lutheran Church. She volunteered with the Christ Lutheran Braille program and participated with the Bible Study group.
For over forty years, Ilene belonged to the Greenlawn Drive Coffee Group of Friends, a coffee group while raising kids that morphed into a wine group once kids were gone.
She loved riding her bike and walking around her neighborhood visiting with friends and checking out garage sales.
During the winter, Ilene and George would travel to McAllen, TX, where George would golf and she would shop and enjoy the sunshine.
Ilene enjoyed big adventures to Europe with her friends Carol and Trudy.
She attended every event of her grandchildren and great grandchildren such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings, ball games, music programs, dance recitals, school plays, speech contests, and award ceremonies. Ilene was always their biggest fan and cheerleader.
She is survived by her children Dan (Deb) Schmidt of Norfolk, Kelly (Arnie) Wiener of Nemaha, IA, and Dave Schmidt of Lincoln, six grandchildren Tyler (Jenn) Schmidt of Battle Creek, Levi (Amy) Schmidt of Norfolk, Bethany (Adam) Schmidt of Sioux Falls, SD, Nikki (Tom) Regan of Gretna, Drew (Erica) Wiener of Bellevue, and Whitney (Dan) Regnier of Burnsville, MN, eleven great grandchildren Kayden, Cammie, Sammi, Skylar, Boden, Maren, Hayes, Maci, Alli, Hailey and Hayden, brother Merl (Red) Bauer of Huron, SD, sisters-in-law Dorothy Schmidt and Katherine Goeglein, many cousins and friends.
Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter Wendy Sue Schmidt, and special friend Bill Suehl.
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